Gunsmoke: Season 7, Episode 8

Chesterland (18 Nov. 1961)

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Chester becomes engaged more or less accidentally, but he takes to heart his obligation to his betrothed, leaving his job with Mr. Dillon to devote himself to homesteading a barren quarter section.

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Miss Daisy Fair (as Sondra Kerr)
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A new girl in town is staying at Ma Smalley's. In the joy of "sparking" with the girl in a borrowed buggy, Chester inadvertently proposes. The girl admits openly that she came to Dodge to find a husband and whom should she find, right away, but Chester. If there's a hint of hesitation there, Chester overlooks it. He takes his responsibilities as a future husband seriously, staking his claim to an abandoned homestead and leaving his job with Mr. Dillon to devote himself to whipping the substandard land into shape. He builds a dugout single-handedly, wakes to find it flooded, and realizes that he has water in abundance to sell to parched settlers. He does a brisk business, filling many barrels, and what could be more logical than to hand his earnings to his betrothed for deposit in the bank in town. Written by Morganalee

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Poignant portrait of loneliness and longing
14 January 2010 | by (OKC) – See all my reviews

In hopes of wooing the pretty and seemingly sweet Miss Daisy, Chester attempts to farm a dreadful patch of bone-dry land and construct his sad little idea of a home for his bride-to-be -- which turns out to be a well-constructed, but disappointing dugout hole. Miss Daisy is horrified, and backs out of the wedding plans. Matt tries to comfort Chester with the hope that she'll change her mind, but the rejected man soaks his tears with the doily Daisy had made for their new home, and sadly retires for bed.

Chester wakes the next morning to find his dugout filled with water. All seems 'well' as he and Daisy set up a watering hole for beleaguered farmers. Unfortunately, the well eventually goes dry. Chester and Doc go into town to withdraw funds to purchase a new pump, but the story doesn't end there...

"Chesterland" is a charming character piece which gave Dennis Weaver an excellent chance to shine, drawing the audience by the hand through his trials, joys and tribulations.


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